Inside The Los Angeles County Jails

Written by Bail Expert on December 5, 2011 – 9:07 am -

Costly Renovations Proposed for Pitchess Detention Center and Men’s Central Jail.

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The LA County Board of Supervisors has been asked to approve a proposal which would allocate $1,4 billion to renovate two LA County jails.   The improvements outlined in the plan would include the modernization of the downtown Men’s Central Jail as well as the addition of 400 bets to Pitchess Detention Center.

Proponents of the plan say that spending the money now would equate to long-term cost savings to the county.  Opponents, however, point to the weak economy and question whether taking on such a marked expense is prudent at the current time.

Greg Rynerson Bail Bonds continues with our twelfth series in our California Jails: Inside the Los Angeles County Jails.

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New Los Angeles Jail Proposed by Sheriff Lee Baca

Written by Bail Expert on October 13, 2011 – 5:41 am -

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee BacaFox Los Angeles reported  that Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca has a new jail plan. If approved by the County Board of Supervisors, the $1.4 billion plan would allow for the demolition and rebuilding of the downtown Men’s Central Jail and would also allow for a new, women’s jail to be constructed at Pitchess Detention Center.

The proposal comes amidst staunch allegations of inmate abuse by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) . County officials believe that prison populations could be better managed should construction plans be approved.

Baca told Fox that the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail is antiquated and if the new facility is approved it could reduce annual operation costs by approximately $23.7 million. The current facility, which houses about 5,000 inmates, was built in 1963.

Baca further noted the new facilities would allow Read more »

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Los Angeles Jail Turns On ‘Intolerable Heat’

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on August 31, 2010 – 11:19 am -

Los Angeles jail officials and staff are planning to test out a new form of technology produced by the military as a weapon at the LA County Castaic Jail. This innovative tool is an invisible beam of heat that will produce “intolerable heat” to those whom it is beamed on.

The heat-beam is officially known as an Assault Intervention Device developed by Raytheon Company. It is said to be harmless and the one inside the L.A. jail is scaled down considerably.

The device works by emitting a beam, focused on the wave of energy that is traveling at the speed of light to produce an intolerable heat sensation that advertently will cause those in it’s line of fire to move. Once the individual has moved away from the beam, all heat sensations cease to exist.

Jail officials and deputies have tested this device and it is all controlled by a single joystick. According to Sheriff Lee Baca, “We Read more »

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Prison for L.A. Deputy Who Smuggled Drugs into Castaic Jail

Written by Robin Sandoval-March on August 5, 2010 – 1:42 pm -

You can call it lack of judgement, or maybe even temporary insanity. But whichever way you think of it, you can never really grasp why a 2-year veteran Los Angeles Deputy would smuggle, get this — 161.5 grams of heroin, 51.5 grams of marijuana and 24.4 grams of methamphetamine into the North County Correctional Facility, Castaic jail, and think he’d get away with it.

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, Peter Paul Felix, was arrested in October on the charges of attempting to smuggle the drugs into the Read more »

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Escape from Los Angeles County Jail

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on April 30, 2010 – 10:17 am -

Two Los Angeles County jail maximum security inmates were captured on Wednesday after escaping from the Castaic jail, where they were being held for several armed robberies.  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies said Winder Barrios and Jose Aldana were taken into custody without incident about a half a mile from the jail.

They had been reportedly missing for about 14 hours from the North County Correctional Facility.  Residents reported there were two men asking people to give them clothes.  Barrios and Aldana were found in a storage container nearby.

Both men were working on a jail loading dock Read more »

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LA Budget Crisis Creates Inmate “Early Release” Dilemma

Written by Tonya Rynerson on March 6, 2010 – 4:26 am -

Nonviolent inmates who are currently in a Los Angeles County jail could serve only 80% of their jail terms.  And, according to department officials, that number could be knocked down to them serving only 50% of their sentences.

So what’s happening here?  LA County Sheriff Lee Baca stated that these early release sentences for inmates may be the future of what’s “inevitable” as the county’s budget crisis continues. The Department currently faces a $128 million budget gap.

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Redmond O’Neal L.A. County Jail Bound Again

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on January 6, 2010 – 9:57 am -

Redmond O’Neal, son of the late Charlie’s Angels actress Farrah Fawcett and film actor Ryan O’Neal, was returned to jail after violating his probation for a series of drug offenses.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan sentenced O’Neal to a 30-day, in-custody drug-treatment program thanks to his inability to stay clean.  O’Neal remains in jail without bail pending a February 2nd hearing.

Judge Tynan warned Redmond that he would go to state prison for six years if he violated his probation, back in November. “It actually strikes me that you haven’t got a clue as to what recovery means. It is a lifelong commitment and it’s grinding, hard, painful work,” Tynan told O’Neal. “You’ve got one responsibility and that’s to yourself — to get clean and sober.”

O’Neal was on a 24 hour pass from a rehab center – his first since Read more »

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Los Angeles Jails Remain Open Despite Budget Woes

Written by Tonya Rynerson on September 22, 2009 – 8:12 pm -

Los Angeles Sheriff Lee BacaBack in June, Los Angeles County Sheriff threatened to close Pitchess Jail in less than a week. Well, here we are three months later and Pitchess Detention Center remains open. Tonight, Sheriff Baca indicates the Department has found $25million in savings and revenues. According to the Los Angeles Times:

“There will be no jail closures, and no portion of a jail will be closed,” said Steve Whitmore, the department’s spokesman. “There will no reductions in services in unincorporated areas and no reductions in detectives.”

Instead, the department will use Read more »

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More Swine Flu – Los Angeles County Jails

Written by 888BailBond Bondsman on July 23, 2009 – 12:40 pm -

According to the LA Times and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, 20 inmates  at Los Angeles County jails have been infected with the swine flu. Most of the inmates that were infected reside in the Castaic Pitchess Jail.

All inmates that were diagnosed with the swine flu were placed in isolation, similar to that of San Diego jails. There they will be receiving tests and monitoried for seven days. All infected inmates are not receiving visitors. Two of the infected inmates have been taken to a local hospital and are said to be in good condition.

LASD Twin Towers JailThis is not the first reported case of swine flu at the Los Angeles County jail Read more »

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LA County Pitchess Jail to Close?

Written by Tonya Rynerson on June 29, 2009 – 2:22 pm -

Last week, in a letter to the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Lee Baca proposed closing the minimum security jail at the Pitchess Detention Center in order to mitigate $79 million in losses to the department due to budget cuts.

The Los Angeles Daily News article states:

The proposal, if ultimately approved, would reduce the amount of time county-sentenced inmates spend in jail and potentially could increase jail violence, Read more »

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